Ryan Donato

Aoû 21

Embrace the happy accident. All forms of painting, film, photography, sculpture, printmaking, and nonmechanical modes of production produce unintended results. When a passage of underpainting looks ravishing, or some studio calamity produces an arresting effect, embrace the accident and incorporate it into the piece. Exploit the unexpected consequences of experimentation and process. If you see it, own it.

Aoû 19

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Aoû 17

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Aoû 14

Ryan Donato — progress

Ryan Donato — progress

Aoû 12

Much better.

Much better.

There is nothing more spine-chilling than a blank canvas.

There is nothing more spine-chilling than a blank canvas.

Aoû 10

“O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark,
The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant,
The captains, merchant bankers, eminent men of letters,
The generous patrons of art, the statesmen and the rulers,
Distinguished civil servants, chairmen of many committees,
Industrial lords and petty contractors, all go into the dark,
And dark the Sun and Moon, and the Almanach de Gotha
And the Stock Exchange Gazette, the Directory of Directors,
And cold the sense and lost the motive of action.
And we all go with them, into the silent funeral,
Nobody’s funeral, for there is no one to bury.
I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God. As, in a theatre,
The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed
With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness,
And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant panorama
And the bold imposing facade are all being rolled away—
Or as, when an underground train, in the tube, stops too long between stations
And the conversation rises and slowly fades into silence
And you see behind every face the mental emptiness deepen
Leaving only the growing terror of nothing to think about;
Or when, under ether, the mind is conscious but conscious of nothing—
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” — T. S. Eliot — excerpt from East Coker

Ryan Donato, Untitled, 2014. Oil on canvas. 24” x 36”. 
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Ryan Donato, Untitled, 2014. Oil on canvas. 24” x 36”. 

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Aoû 03

Anonyme a dit: how do you feel about collage art, random pictures put together, and its meaning?

Collage art is a distinctive and possibly one of the most influential ways of creating art to ever exist — taking modern day supplies and heightening them to the status of art. Though, multiple unrelated images combined into a single image, do not necessarily create complexity (which is becoming more and more apparent, or I’m falling behind with the times). Unrelated images put together in the same space may be nothing more than unrelated images in the same visual field. It is the relationship of those individual images to each other and what those relationships describe that creates content. Collage and pastiche have become commonplace and easy in the digital world. Creating visual interest through the juxtaposition of unrelated images may not successfully create a complex description or coalesce into a unified affect. 

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